After a near trade on July 29th between the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers fell through, I felt extremely fortunate that Milwaukee still wound up with Carlos Gomez on its roster at the end of the day. However, this fortune was short lived as the next day, on the MLB trade deadline, Gomez was sent down south to the Houston Astros along with pitcher Mike Fiers (Who had a stellar no-hitter tonight, congrats my man).
Just under a month has passed now since the trade went down, and I have realized just exactly what Gomez brought to Milwaukee that now feels lost. So, I give to you, the top 8 reasons why this Brewer fan misses Carlos Gomez.
- His energetic at-bat performances
If there’s one thing you can count on from Carlos Gomez, it’s an energetic swing. Whether or not he hits the ball, he enters the batter’s box with the intent to “go big or go home”. In some instances, the huge swings Gomez brings to the plate are highly entertaining. However, there are those instances where you just have to wonder, when is the guy going to really hurt himself or throw out his back? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnGnUSb6qYY
2. His amazing catches in the outfield
Let me just put this out here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5WCM5Doh-o This is only one of MANY fantastic catches Gomez has made for the Brewers in the outfield throughout his career here. With game saving catches like this one, how can a Brew Crew fan NOT miss GoGo?
3. Sharing his sweets with others
No Brewer fan will forget when Gomez left Cincinnati Reds Center Fielder Billy Hamilton a note and some of GoGo’s infamous bubble gum. The clubhouse had the gum stockpiled for Gomez, so why not share with the enemy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qLfgvvKXYU
4. Carlos vs the Magician
Who can forget when the Brewers invited a magician into the locker room prior to one of their games. GoGo was the lucky chosen participant by the magician to help him perform his card tricks. Here’s a link to relive those tricks yourself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-cH9hKYbpY
5. Taking time out for his fans
You know a player is a class act not only just because they take the time out of their daily routine to sign autographs, but by going above and beyond and doing what Carlos did for this young fan. In general, I think the Brewers organization does a very good job of doing things like this with well-deserving fans. I think this incident is no exception. Take a look at what happened when GoGo met Jordan Hynum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiNuHXNa_uc
6. He is a family man
Take one look at GoGo’s Instagram (@realcarlosgomez) and you’ll see just what I mean. There are endless pictures and videos of him and his family going about their daily lives and enjoying their time spent together. It is evident he makes time to be a normal dad for them despite being a professional athlete too. Also, his kids are adorable so that’s a plus of following him on Instagram too!
7. He is a grown-up goofball
Let this selfie do all the talking. There was no shortage of goofball moments when this guy was in the clubhouse. Guys with an attitude and sense of humor like GoGo are a necessity for a team. During the key moments of the season, it is imperative to have guys like this lighten up the mood in the clubhouse. Guys like him allow the pressure to fade a bit, hopefully allowing the rest of the team to achieve a winning outcome.
Also, I can’t forget about his “sexy pants”. If you’re not familiar with this, basically, whenever the team traveled down to Miami to play (or at least on one instance), Gomez asked for a smaller sized pant than he normally wore because it could should off his rear end better. He mentioned how being in Miami made him feel sexy and he wanted his pants to help him feel sexy too.
8. He takes trolling interviews to a new level
Who can forget when Gomez walked up on an interview with Mark Reynolds in disguise as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? Initially, GoGo remained unidentified under the costume until the heat started getting to him and he unveiled himself. He then proceeded to apparently smell Reynolds neck giving a somewhat unappealing reaction afterwards. Apparently, the whole costume was his son’s wish that he followed through on. Another example proving reason #6 too.
Well Carlos, now that you’re gone, Milwaukee is definitely not the same. I get it, players consistently come and go, its part of the business of baseball. I would just like to say thank you for all the laughs and smiles you’ve brought to this city and Milwaukee wishes you the best of luck with the rest of your season and career. Obviously, we’re not getting to the post season this year, but you have the chance to. Make us proud GoGo.